Paul Palmer (swimmer)

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Paul Palmer
Personal information
Full namePaul Rory Palmer
National team Great Britain
Born (1974-10-18) 18 October 1974 (age 44)
Lincoln, England
Height2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubCity of Lincoln Pentaqua

Paul Palmer (born 18 October 1974 in Lincoln, England) is a former international freestyle swimmer for England and Great Britain.

Coached by Ian Turner at the City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club, Palmer qualified for the 200 m, 400 m and 1500 m freestyle at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, finishing a respectable 9th position (winning the "B" final) in the 200 m, and 10th position in the 400 m. After this success, in order to increase his chances of a medal at the following Atlanta games, Palmer relocated to Bath, along with Turner. Training in a 50 m pool, alongside other Olympic hopefuls at the performance centre allowed Palmer to take his swimming to a new level.

He won the silver medal in the 400 m freestyle at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] A year later, at the 1997 European Aquatics Championships in Seville, he won gold in the 200 m freestyle.

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